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Grateful Dead Live at Folsom Field, U. of Colorado on 1980-06-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Folsom Field, U. of Colorado on 1980-06-08

Topics Live concert

Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Samson & Delilah, Easy To Love You-> Althea-> Looks Like Rain-> Deal Feel Like A Stranger, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E:Alabama Getaway-> E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Folsom Field, U. of Colorado
Location Boulder, CO

Source Audience Recording: Sennheiser 421's
Lineage FOB Senn 421's> Nak 550 Cm> DAT> CD> EAC> Soundforge4> SHN
Taped by Rob Eaton
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FOB Senn 421's> Nak 550 Cm> DAT> CD> EAC> Soundforge4> SHN; Recorded By Rob Eaton; includes alternate AUD patches (see info for notes and flaws); stemming from DNC tree Round 9 (1/01); via Tome


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2016
Subject: Gimli's stuff will dwarf you

Conventional wisdom has always said that the second Folsom show was better and it does have a curious setlist on paper, but the 1st show has as many highlights. The 2nd show has the UJB sandwich opener and very consistent playing. The region had become a Dead stronghold by '80 but they hadn't played in Boulder since the infamous '72 show (they'd played in Denver 9 months earlier and would come back there a year later). Rather than one show, they played up against one end of the stadium for two shows. You needed a separate ticket to get down on the field. In '72 baggies were slung from above. In an update (bigger band now, higher tech), a helicopter flew over and dropped gifties. The promoter billed these as "15th Anniversary" shows but the band didn't see it that way (having first played as the Dead in December '65). They would later play their Silver Anniversary shows in Colorado. A token effort was made at promotion, with 4 songs from the then-new album repeated the 2nd day (in an unusual move). The shows started at noon - ostensibly to take advantage of an afternoon sound ordinance/allowance. In perfect Dead synchronicity it was Parent's Day on campus. Had to keep them on their toes in those days. "A circus? Oh no, not unusual at all, Mrs. Johnson. The campus is like this EVERY DAY!"

First Set. '80 was a good year for Uncle John's. It's crazy to start with this sandwich - and check Phil. Me & My Uncle is a sign that this is going to be a way uptempo show. Mexicali has Bobby's "everybody polka!". The rest of the set smokes. The solo for Tennessee is a jaw-dropper. Samson scales heights around the second solo in, at high speed. Ophelia's fate is a little slumbery in the midst of the uptempo madness but final solo is magic. When Jer's on, he's ON, and Bobby is on too for Looks Like Rain. Deal was great throughout '80.

Second Set. Though there's no A+ highlights the whole set is consistent, above-average and way uptempo. Eyes is blistering and usually when the rhythm section does this Jer pulls back. Not this time - it's serious blaze. The jam into drums is unique. The drummers stay out so there isn't a true Space. Saint doesn't benefit from this tempo and is the low point (though it IS before Bobby did the "goin on a FEEEE, maybe goin on a FEEEE, goin on a FEEEE"). Black Peter is great and Jer is more angular than usual for Sugar Mag. Alabama is about perfect - Jer roars in tone. There are decent-enough AUDs available but this would probably be a popular SBD or official release. The good show is "in there".

1st Set:  B
2nd Set: A
Overall = 4 ½ Stars

Tennessee Jed - 2nd solo is Garcia magic
Samson & Delilah - uptempo, Garcia sprays again for 2nd solo
Althea - the show's only not-way-uptempo highlight
Looks Like Rain - everybody is on and you can hear it even on the Bobby-heavy AUDs
Eyes of the World - hypertempo with Jer a blur and the jam-out to Drums is unique
Sugar Magnolia - Jer more angular than usual
Alabama Getaway - straightforward, steady version

SOURCES: Only AUDs. There's a classic Joani AUD. The naks.mason has deep bass but not much clarity. The clugston.7563 has a pitch error and is boomy. The walker-scotton.miller.88452 is the brightest and has the most depth (just a bit over the Eaton). It has some Zevon and an interview tacked on. I harbor no ill will against Zevon but his were the dullest concerts I ever saw. He should have known by these shows that the crowd were repeats, with his canned patter (though with MOST bands having to function so well-rehearsed, it delineates the uniqueness of the Dead). The interview sounds like a 16 yr old on his first interview, pestering Weir with the same question 10 different ways and never understanding the answers. The patient Bobby not once says "I just answered that 5 times" - though you can still tell he'd like to strangle the idiot.
Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2014
Subject: Dissappointing After The Drums
I too flew in from CT after the high expectations of Spring tour sparking thoughts of breakouts like... Dark Star? St Stephen?

The previous day, the highlight was a lost Sailor > Saint jam that to my memory, hinted at the possibility of Dark Star or St. Stephen - oh, to be a newbie & naive!

Today, the opening was just fantastic, leaving me thinking we might be in for either of those songs in set II, as the rest of the first set was no slouch either, with the aforementioned Samson being more 2nd set material in set I.
Does anyone recall the great Looks Like Rain where folks were throwing small amounts of the free water coming out of the hoses up in the air?

The thing that killed this (and many other shows) was the Saint of Circumstanstance out of the drums. Talk about an out of place energy killer.

I do recall Eyes & moreso Sugar Mag being great that day, but the unshakable feeling that things just didn't stand up expectations after that great opening.

Oh well, for us back East, great things were waiting starting on 8/29.......

BTW: Warren Zevon even introduced the band exactly, word for word:

"The jaguar on lead guitar, Joe Smith (whoever)."

Too funny by day 2.......
Reviewer: jlglex - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2007
Subject: Uncle Phil's Band
Wow. Phil is really inspired in this UJB. He starts it himself and plays a while before the rest of the band joins him. Then, during the song, he bass jams it very interestingly.
Reviewer: yipyaw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2006
Subject: greek folsom
Sounds good, and this was a great day. Launching into Uncle John's Playin' first set made it feel like the previous day had never ended. And I think this was the third day with Warren Zevon, bless his soul, opening with the same set, same banter, same jokes, and the audience barking the punch lines! Guess he didn't know we would all be out there day after day. The band was on about the ten yard line playing into the horseshoe and using only a fraction of the stadium to make it like a Greek theater. 15 down and 15 to go!
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2006
Subject: Has to be one of the best Auds I have ever heard
Te show has a unique opener and stays great all the way through- a true sleeper of a show. You should check it out.
Reviewer: lcj72835 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2006
Subject: Repeats????
I too travelled from Vermont (UVM) to see these shows and was not disappointed in the least. Over the years I came to realize it is not what they play but how they play it that matters. 1st set opens UJB/Playin....Sampson in the MIDDLE OF THE 1ST SET!!!!! Nothing wrong with those selections...but like I say the band was hot so it really did not matter what they played. Tenn Jed on fire...Uncle mexicali great vocals. Easy to love you awesome. 2 Encores with a Smokin Alabama (the only 4/4 rocker Garcia ever wrote). Yeah there were some repeats....they were promoting an album!!!! I think we got a little spoiled at times. I saw about 75 shows between 78 and 91 and this was one of the finest.
Reviewer: Driftin N Dreamin - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2005
Subject: 15th Anniv
In general these shows were somewhat dissapointing. I had travelled all the way from Vermont for these shows and to see the boys repeat so many songs in the two nights was a let down. The highlight was, of course, the Uncle john's >Playin>Uncle John's openeer. Phil was booming the whole show. Does anyone else remembeer the Helicopter flying over the stadium and dropping down some baggies and joints? it was either at this show or the day before.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2005
Subject: Rocky mtn high
How many shows on this whole site have opened with Uncle Johns? Let alone UJB>plyn>UJB the answer is none. This show is great and worth it for Tenn Jed or Sampson alone. Great Est>Eyes but fades a notch after that...
Reviewer: nogo postal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2004
Subject: Breakin the Sound Barrier
is in the year Boulder passed an ordinance on DB max..The Dead as part of their 15th anniv run broke that DB limit the previous day during deal..on this day it was Parent Day...prospective students and their families were everywhere...needless to say the scene freaked out the folks and encouraged the kids..Zevon was right on both days..a lot of repeats from the privious day...grab the streams from both...
Reviewer: Obadiah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2004
Subject: This was the day we laughed Zevon off the stage...
I rememeber this one - it was actually held in the Horseshoe, which is when they close off the south end of Folsom Field. So, you have just the infield, and then rows of seats up.

Warren Zevon was the opening act, and the first day, it was cool. Well, the first day was like a pregnant yak - no one really got off, everything was waiting. But, Warren was cool.

The next day, we had Qualudes for breakfast, and head up to the show. This little dude, looked like Gimli from the Lord of the Rings, he was selling Sorcerer Micky Mouse blotter, and it was the real deal. Zevon came out, and did the same exact show, down to the jokes. Well, we were booing and cussing at him - I guess no one warned him. But, you know, he was a consumate professional - came back, did his encore, and split the stage.

Well, I am on the middle right, about maybe fifteen "rows" back, and I see Garcia coming out, laughing his ass off. He set his Heinikin on his amp, and Uncle John's Band starts. I have not yet listened to this recording, but the day? It was magic.
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